The local medium, Madame Arcati is a true spiritualist who helps create the comedy laced throughout Blithe Spirit.
Having been played by the likes of Angela Lansbury, Dame Judi Dench, and Geraldine Page (who was discovered to have passed away after she didn’t show up for two performances!), this is truly a coveted role.
Our Madame Arcati will be played by Heather Stubbs.
Heather is a musician – singer and pianist – a role she has done both professionally and in community theatre. She sings with Oriana Singers, and is the accompanist for the children’s music education program, SONG.
For Northumberland Players she was rehearsal pianist for Les Misérables and Secret Garden, and played the role of Mother Superior in Sister Act. She jumped at the opportunity to audition for Madame Arcati. Here was a chance to show that she can act as well as make music. And what a juicy part!
Heather loves Madame Arcati! The character is a complete eccentric, wildly colourful, who doesn’t give a hoot about what other people think of her. She is totally committed to what she believes in.
While Heather is a naturally enthusiastic person, she finds it a delightful challenge to portray such an utterly uninhibited woman. She’s hoping that some of Madame Arcati’s complete self confidence will stick with her after the play is over.